United Way Weld County

United Way Weld County

About

At 4,017 square miles, an area half the size of the State of New Jersey, Weld County is the third largest county in Colorado. Our home is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 agricultural and energy producing counties in the United States. There is great wealth and opportunity in Weld County. We are thankful for it. Nevertheless, there are persistent challenges, showing that some of our neighbors lack the opportunity to thrive.

  • Only 39% of Weld County children are reading at grade level by the beginning of 4th grade; in other words, six in 10 aren’t reading to learn by the age of 8.
  • 1 in 7 Weld County youth do not earn a high school diploma. In the United States, this milestone is perhaps the most important determinant of a person’s future.
  • Nearly half (45%) of Weld County renter households pay more than 35% on housing costs, putting them in a precarious financial position.
  • While more older adults than ever are calling Weld County home, a fast growing segment of the homeless population is aged 50 and older.
  • Less than 25% of nonprofits have six months of operating funds in reserve. An unstable network of human services providers leads to greater suffering.

The United Way of Weld County board of directors has identified five initiative areas—Reading Great by 8 (early childhood development), Thrive by 25 (youth success), Weld’s Way Home (ending and preventing homelessness), Aging Well (older adults and healthy aging), and Connecting Weld (access to services). Combined, and with your support, these five initiatives can solve Weld County’s long-term challenges.

Number of Employees: 
25-50 employees